Dating a quadriplegic woman


It was different than it used to be, first of all, because I don't exactly feel sexy. Now I couldn't even shave my legs by myself, I was pale, and I had a neck brace on in the middle of summer.Before I got hurt, I was an aerobics instructor and I got myself as fit as I could. So it was hard to be in the moment, but at the same time, it was a revelation! I was like, "I'm gonna go home and take care of myself like I used to, and I wont always have this neck brace." I'm still trying to figure out the deal with orgasms.So we went home, I ran upstairs to put my suit on, and stood at the side of the pool.It was chilly, so I was hesitating, and my friend playfully came up behind me and pushed me into the pool. Thank god I protected my head with my hands, but I went in at bad angle and broke my neck. I was in the ICU for 10 days and then I went to rehab for about 2 ½ months. Chris was by my side the whole time, no matter what. People are like, "It's amazing that he stayed with you!Learning how to have sex all over again, in my opinion, is vital to the rehab process.I had a very awesome, open nurse who worked at the hospital I was at, and neither of us had any problems talking about sex.Ami Claxton, Ph D, lives in Cary, NC with her teenage son and her husband Chad, a C4/5 quadriplegic of 27 years.An 11 year veteran of an spinal cord injured caregiver life, she has a passion for writing to share her experiences so that others can und...



I have never been with someone so thoughtful and kind. Chad’s disability is very limiting because he only has a shoulder shrug and head turn and as such requires total care for all activities of daily living.The ideal situation is to pay aides to come in and do the caregiving rather than having the spouse do caregiving.But that can get expensive, and as such, there have been times over the past 10 years I’ve been with Chad that I have been the sole caregiver.At night, my friends got me a limo like I had always wanted, and we went dancing.

By 1 or a.m., I was kinda over it, and wanted to chill by the pool.

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